Warrior football cautiously optimistic in new secondary unit

Rich Miano
Rich Miano

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii Warrior football team is in their final week of spring practice, and so far, head coach Greg McMackin is pleased with the overall progression of the entire squad, including the secondary unit who entered spring with a big question mark.

All four starters from last year were lost to graduation.

and while this year's defensive backs have a lot of potential, altogether they've started a combined zero games.

"I think they have excellent talent, they can run, they're all good athletes, it's just a matter of playing together, communicating and playing with emotion," said McMackin.

"These are going to be four guys that when the lights go on against Central Arkansas, they have never taken a rep most likely, so there's some anxiety that's why we're blessed to have three scrimmages were having, the last one being at Aloha Stadium, because we want to see them under more pressure, live bullets so to speak, the intensity of the fans, all that stuff that comes with the game, so they need to get game experience quick," said associate head coach and secondary coach Rich Miano.

"It's better to be consistently good than occasionally great, so that's what we're tying to do, get consistency down so we don't give up all those big plays that we gave up last year, and we're trying to bond together as a unit as a secondary and hopefully get some good play," said Spencer Smith.

"We're young, we understand we're young so we gotta stay around the coaches as much as possible, but everybody here is willing to be coached, there's no sore thumbs, no guys who come out and say well I got hurt I can't go today, everybody gives 100 percent to the team, and if we just continue to do that, sky is the limit for this unit," said Jeramy Bryant.

The Warrior Bowl is on Saturday, and begins with an autograph session at 1pm, then a scrimmage at 3pm.